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Commercial Searches - Are They Necessary?

Kirsty Sills
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Purchasing a property can be quite daunting, especially if it is for the first time and costs can seem to increase rapidly.  One of the most common questions asked, especially if the purchaser is already in occupation of the property, is “do we...

Challenging Wills & Inheritance Claims

Gemma Smith
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 ‘Contentious Probate’ disputes are on the rise.  However, what exactly does contentious probate mean and what scenarios does it cover?  I often get asked a number of common queries which I set out below. What Is Contentious...

Who Will Take Care Of My Children When I'm Gone?

Joanne Tillotson
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Watching our children grow into adults and them flying the nest is something that we take for granted. For others, the heart-breaking and unthinkable happens, dying when your children are young or infants. Although most will not have to deal with this heart...

In The Spotlight With John Harrington Of Top Brass

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Tell Us About Your Role At Top Brass? My daughter once asked me to describe what I do. After 15 minutes of going through a normal working week she looked up and said “So basically you watch other people work?” Oh the truth hurts so much when...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Are 2017 Northern Law Awards Finalists

Alison Leith
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The Northern Law Awards takes place on Thursday, 1 st June at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead. In the year when Tilly Bailey & Irvine celebrates 175 years in business, we are delighted to be shortlisted for the Law Firm of the Year Award and...

Law Society Accreditation News For Our Wills & Probate Team

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Our Wills & Probate Team has been appointed as an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (‘WIQS’) which provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice.  ...

False Economy - Take Advice Before Its Too Late!

Joan Casson
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We understand that when you’re trying to run a business, just getting on with the day-to-day tasks can take all of your time.  Other matters seem so much more urgent than, for example, an employee’s repeated lateness, repeated minor mistakes...

The Tale Of Mr B & His Tripping Claim

SherReene Cheah
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Mr B had had a busy day at work. He was tired and all he wanted was to get home and climb into his bed for a good night's sleep ready for a new day.  Unfortunately, whilst he was walking home along the path, he tripped over a raised paving and...

In The Spotlight With Matthew Ord From KMS Partners

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Tell Us About Your Role At KMS Partners I am the director of business development, sounds great, right? Well actually it’s a lot better than that. I play golf very badly for a living and, as the girls would say, “he just schmoozes with...

Am I Too Young To Make A Will?

Joanne Tillotson
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It has been reported that the younger generation are not managing their affairs or  taking the subject of making a Will seriously. According to  Prosperitas Financial Solutions  " 87% of under 35’s do not have a...

In the Spotlight With Olympic Champion Matt Wylie MBE

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Tell Us About You  I am 20 years old and I am a full-time athlete, currently training at City of Sunderland Swimming Club. I am part of the British Swimming Para Swim Team. Last year 2016 I become Paralympic Champion in S9 50 Freestyle (at my first...

How To Make Sure Your Vulnerable Loved Ones Are Safe In Care

Helen Elstob
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It can be a worrying time when our loved ones enter the care system, whether it is because of physical or mental ill health. Families need to know that they are safe and well cared for.  It is an area that I am passionate about because as well as...

What Duty Is Owed To Patients By Non-Medical Hospital Staff ?

Kay Ditcham
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There is no doubt that the NHS is under a great deal of pressure.  Accident and Emergency Departments all over the country handle large volumes of injured patients every day and they are of course under a duty to prioritise the needs of those...

Does Existing Legislation Affect Commercial Property Landlords?

Christopher Gardner
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Almost 10 years ago the introduction of the Climate Change Act 2008 emphasised the government’s willingness to fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions by setting a target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.  It is...

We Take A Look At President Trump & His Policies

Peter Jackson
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Why have the US (and other) stock markets gone up since the election against all odds? Markets can be very fickle. The rise since the US election day has taken nearly all pundits by surprise.   In the cold light of day investors woke up and first of...

Ilott v Mitson - Is The Principle of Testamentary Freedom Restored?

Calum Dickson
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The principle of testamentary freedom is a long standing feature of English law. Put simply, this means that a person who creates a Will has the right to leave their estate to anyone they wish to do so. Although there are many ways in which the validity of...

How Can I Protect My Property From Fraudsters?

Sara Garnett
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We are all aware of the need to protect our identity and our online accounts but how many of us have taken steps to protect our property  which, in most cases, is probably the most valuable asset we own.   Fraudsters may try to...

Residential Landlord - Update Housing and Planning Act 2016

Gemma Smith
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The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (“HPA 2016”) contains a number of aspects that will impact directly on residential landlords. Rogue Landlords Part 2 of the  HPA 2016 introduces a number of measures to give local housing authorities...

In The Spotlight With Chris McDonald Of Materials Processing Institute

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What Are The Biggest Challenges To The Business? The purpose of the Institute is to use technology to make British industry more competitive and particularly the metals and materials industries.  Our customers are facing big challenges at...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Are Proud To Champion Women Every Day

Alison Leith
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With International Women’s Day upon us and recent reports in certain legal press suggesting that senior roles in the legal profession are still dominated by men, I thought it an opportune moment to consider our firm and the roles that women play...

Hospital Misdiagnosis Of Foot & Ankle Fractures

Sylvia Taylor
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Foot and ankle injuries are a common place reason for attending the Accident and Emergency Department or Minor Injuries Unit.  The Ottawa Ankle and Foot Rules were devised to determine when x-rays are required. An ankle x-ray should be performed...

Not Paying Minimum Wage & The Debenhams Payroll Error

Theresa Carling
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It can hardly have escaped many people’s attention that Debenhams underpaid some of their staff and failed to meet the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) when they topped the list of ‘named and shamed employers...

The Decision That Disappointed Many Cohabiting Couples

Helen Dexter
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The Court of Appeal this week disappointed many cohabiting couples. The court did not grant Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan permission to obtain judicial review of the decision by the Secretary of State for Education’s decision, at this stage,...

Organ Donation: Are You Opting In Or Out?

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"We at Tilly, Bailey & Irvine Law Firm strongly believe in encouraging all our team members to be involved in not only, providing a fantastic customer service to our clients but also to be involved in writing informative blog articles that...

What Happens If My Tenant Is Still In Occupation After Lease Expired?

Kirsty Sills
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Someone comes to talk to you or the phone rings and you forget to diarise that all important date.  We have all been there.  But where do you, as a Landlord, stand when that date was the end of the contractual term of the contracted out Lease for...

How We Can Help In The Battle Against Loss Of Confidential Information

Joan Casson
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Employees are regularly allowed access to information about customers so they can do their job.  All too often, employees leave their employment for a new job taking with them customer details obtained from their former employer.  Sadly, many times...

In The Spotlight With Alby Pattison Managing Director Of Hart Biologicals

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Tell Us About Your Role At Hart Biologicals? I’m the managing director and a scientist. At Hart Biologicals we’re involved in all areas of blood coagulation and platelet aggregation.  We’re constantly adding new products to our...

Landmark Ruling Against Discrimination For Unmarried Couples

Helen Dexter
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Last week five judges in the Supreme Court found in favour of Denise Brewster, a lady who claimed that she should receive the pension of her late partner who had died two days after they had got engaged. Ms Brewster’s partner, Lenny McMullan, had...

Your Digital Afterlife - Let Us Help You Get It In Order

Joanne Tillotson
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“I must put my affairs in order ” ... is a common and traditional phrase. It conjures up an image of that all important box, containing vital paperwork about one’s finances and personal affairs, all prepared safe and sound for loved ones...

I Have Successfully Obtained A County Court Judgment ... What Now?

Ellie Gilbert
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If you have an outstanding debt and you have followed the correct procedure to obtain a County Court Judgment (CCJ) in your favour, unfortunately, it does not necessarily mean that the debtor will instantly pay you. Whilst in some cases, simply sending a...

Inheritance Tax: Understanding Transferable Nil Rate Band & Residential Nil Rate Band

Annaliese Barber
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As you may be aware, the Government announced way back in 2015 that there would be the introduction of the additional Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB). This gave the headlining grabbing figure of people being able to leave £1,000,000 before...

How Do I Make A Personal Injury Claim?

SherReene Cheah
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An accident can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere.  The injury sustained could be one that is either physical or psychological and in some instances can result in death. At Tilly Bailey & Irvine we specialise in all areas of personal injury...

How OPEC Affects The Oil Price & Some Consequences.

Peter Jackson
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As I am sure you are aware, OPEC met at the end of November and, led by Saudi Arabia, has agreed to cuts in oil production. Certain non – OPEC countries such as Russia (which is up there with the US and Saudi Arabia, as the world’s largest...

From Paralegal To Trainee Solicitor By Rhiannon Morgan

Rhiannon Morgan
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I began working for Tilly Bailey and Irvine in 2014 and successfully applied for a position as a trainee solicitor through the firm’s internal application process. I began my training contract on 1 st September 2016. Between 2014 and 2016, I worked...

In The Spotlight With Hooker and Young

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business Gary Hooker : I tend to look after the financial side, contracts and HR elements of the business whilst Michael looks after the education, PR and marketing side of things. However, this isn’t completely...

The NDA: Protecting Your Confidential Information Without Stifling Potential Commercial Opportunities

Matthew Smith
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For many businesses one, if not the key, asset is some degree of knowledge or confidential information.  Whether that is the mechanics of a unique selling point or a list of customer information, it may still represent a significant proportion of a...

In The Spotlight With Steve Gordon From Making Something Happen

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business I was the founder, now I’m busy with scaling our work with schools and businesses. Social media is one of the biggest parts of what I do. How Did The Business Start? Young people aren’t failing,...

The Importance Of Choosing Your LPA Attorney Wisely

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With an ageing population and the rise of dementia related illnesses, many people worry about how they will handle their affairs in the event that they become incapable of doing so in the future. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document...

Should A Cohabitation Agreement Feature In Your New Year's Resolutions?

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Many couples now choose to live together without getting married, yet it appears that the law governing financial disputes that arise upon their separation has failed to keep step with the changing values of society. Many cohabitants do not have a clear...

Are Fraudulent Whiplash Claims A Problem?

John Hall
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We have been regaled by headlines in such august publications as The Sun, The Mail and The Express which refer to an epidemic of fraudulent whiplash claims in road traffic cases.  If the headlines are to be believed it would seem that the country is...

The Dangers of DIY Lasting Powers of Attorney

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To follow on with a common theme without meaning to sound too repetitive, recently  I was highlighting the dangers of DIY Wills . The dangers highlighted involved DIY Will packs and the difficulties in tailoring these to the intricacies of modern...

Protecting Empty Rates Relief For Landlords

Andrew Beattie
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A survey carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors of their members found that 92% of respondents viewed business rates as a barrier to town centre regeneration and 89% thought that business rates were restrictive to overall economic...

In The Spotlight With Wendy Sayers From Mohujos

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business. My role tends to vary greatly day to day. As the sole director I have to oversee the whole operation as well as any admin, HR and wages. My role varies from running front of house, to working on the bar and serving...

The Dangers Of DIY Wills

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Many people will associate the dangers of DIY with incorrectly putting up a shelf which leads to injury to yourself or your property and aside from the potential for a nasty paper cut people would not think there are any dangers in making your own Will ...

Giving A Charity Gift For Christmas

Joanne Tillotson
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It’s that time of year again -  trying to think of that special gift for that special someone, endless shopping trips and wrapping presents, that little box with a red bow. It’s an exciting time of year where we show our loved ones how much...

Bah Humbug - Christmas Parties & What To Be Wary Of!

Theresa Carling
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Rather than trot out the usual warnings about Christmas parties and the pitfalls of allowing interactions between colleagues heavily influenced and emboldened by Christmas spirit(s) and the Christmas holidays, I thought I would instead consider some issues...

Claimant Awarded £250,000 For Complex Injuries

Helen Elstob
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Mr F of Stockton on Tees, was involved in a serious road traffic accident on 21 st July 2011.  He was riding his motor bike when the driver of a car drove across his path causing a collision. He was thrown from his motor bike onto the road, landing on...

There May Be Trouble Ahead ...

Craig Malarkey
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A new Prime Minister resides in number 10. A new US President will soon be in the White House. The new Chancellor has set out his first vision for the British economy in his Autumn Statement. Article 50 and Brexit are coming, and who knows what...

How To Legally End A Civil Partnership

Shamin Ali
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“Don’t say the relationship is over, say it’s complete. Some aren’t meant to last together” - The Soul School.    Any relationship breakdown is difficult and can be hard to deal with. A Civil Partnership is a...

Christmas Cashflow - Protecting Your Business From Debtors During The Festive Season

Helen Lyne
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Like it or loathe it Christmas is around the corner. Everyone will see an increase in their spending over the next 5 weeks, with reports suggesting that it will take the average family until June 2017 to clear their Christmas debts. Even businesses are...